Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gift Idea for the Outdoor Enthusiast: Nite Ize Rechargeable Lantern

Product received at no charge to facilitate an honest review.

I've tried a lot of headlamps and camping lanterns throughout the years. Gone are the days of the old lanterns I would have to light and hope I had enough gas to last. I always worried about flames and gas. 
I've had the opportunity of trying the Nite Ize headlamps and I fell in love with the brand immediately. The products last and are super bright. the Nite Ize Radiant 300 Rechargeable LED Lantern is no exception.

With three brightness settings, I get all of the light I need. It lights up an entire six man tent with the brightest setting. Even the low setting puts out enough light to find my shoes in the middle of the night.

The Nite Ize Lantern has a rechargeable battery with a good battery life. We've used it for several hours at a time playing night games and for camping. The battery has lasted for our activities. I've never had the patience to let it run long enough to die soI have no idea how many hours it actually lasts. Even better, the rechargeable battery is strong enough to charge my smartphone. With input and output plugs, it gives the lantern versatility others don't have.

A metal clip on the top allows the lantern to be clipped to a pack or can be hung from the center of a tent. It doesn't get too hot so I don't have to worry about it melting the fabric on my tent.

The lantern comes with a carry case to keep it from getting scratched. I haven't found anything about it I haven't liked. Though I like taking it camping, I wouldn't take it backpacking as it would take up too much space in my pack and I like to keep it as lightweight as possible.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mt. Olympus in Utah: 2016 Peak Goal

Just before Halloween, I set off to climb my 16th peak. I can't believe that the mountain I look at every day is the one I climbed last. I've hiked Mt. Olympus several times to the saddle but always on days when the rock scramble to the peak was too slippery to attempt on a solo hike.

The trail is located along the east size of Wasatch Boulevard about 1.6 miles south of 4500 south. Parking is allowed on the road but I prefer to park in the parking lot. The trail is marked and very easy to see. It is well traveled even on weekdays. Expect a steep climb for much of the trail as it gains  4,200 feet in 3.75 miles. Be wary of the hike in the heat in the summer as most of the trail is exposed. Plan water accordingly. The majority of rescues on this trail are with hikers who don't bring enough water so pack a lot. I carry a hydration pack with a full water bladder. I prefer the fall when the weather is cooler which is why I waited toward the end of the year. I've climbed to the saddle during winter.
The 9,026 peak climb is considered a class 3 and is doable for beginners but expect it to take a while.
It took me nearly 5 hours and I am an experienced hiker. The average is 6 hours and I've heard of many people even taking longer.

I didn't have to hike far before I got a good view of the Salt Lake Valley which is what makes this hike so amazing.

I love the area approaching the saddle. With a great view of the peak and a great overlook of the Wasatch Mountain range, I always take time to stop.

The last part of the hike is a rock scramble to the top. Since I did this as a solo hike, I made sure to take my time so I wouldn't lose my balance. One of the nice things about Mt. Olympus is that the proximity to the city means I had cell service the entire hike making it a good choice for those who must hike solo.

As for what to hike in,  I like my trail running shoes, that way I can run down parts of the trail. 
I have a hard time running up since it is so steep.

My quads burned when I got to the bottom and hurt for a few days after but the views from the top were so worth it. I felt like I was standing on top of the world which.

My peak goal has inspired confidence in myself that I can do hard things and helped me recognize what a beautiful world I live in. I'm not stopping just because I attained my goal. Machu Picchu here I come!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Active Life Meets Comfortable Sustainable Clothing: prAna Review #LoveprAna 15% off

I received complimentary product in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I admit, one of the things I hate about working is wearing a suit coat to look professional. What I really want is to get out and do the things I love in clothes that are comfortable and move with my active lifestyle. Ever since I discovered my first piece of prAna clothing at my local outdoor retailers, I have been in love. 

It wasn't until after I owned my first prAna shirt that I discovered the company went beyond making stylish clothes. A true believer in loving the planet, prAna sticks to their philosophy recycling and using sustainable products. I love that they use organic cotton and combine it with hemp for clothing that is breathable was well as comfortable. It's important to me to support companies who abide by Free Trade practices too.

                      Kara Jean

I could own a pair of the Kara Jeans in every color. I already have a blue pair and have had my eye on the Cargo Green Kara Jeans for about six months. What I love about the Kara Jeans is how soft and stretchy they are. The last pair I got were too big so I went with a size 6 this time. They fit perfectly and are comfortable enough to walk in all day. They also look great with boots during cooler weather. When I travel, these jeans are my first choice for wearing on the airplane. I like that they fold down well and don't take a lot of room in my suitcase.
Stacia Sweater

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've always been a little freaky about the way my tops feel on my skin. As a little girl, I used to find ways to remove the tags out of the neck area of my shirts. Needless to say, I'm still fussy about my tops, especially sweaters. They have to be soft or I won't wear them.

I couldn't ask for any better than the prAna Stacia Sweater. It doesn't make me itch at all. It feels soft on my skin so I'm not anxious to get it off. I chose the Winter color and it looks great with the jeans and is easy to match with accessories too.

I wouldn't hesitate to give the Stacia Sweater five stars. It's by far one of the most comfortable sweaters I've owned. My adult daughter told me how nice it looked before she knew I was trying it out for review. I have a feeling I'll be buying her one soon.

Overall, I'm impressed with prAna clothing. I am willing to pay a little more for the comfort and think the prices are fair for the quality of product.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It's Pine Bros. Time of Year Again: Product review.

Disclosure: Product received at no charge in consideration of product review. My opinions are based upon actual experience.

It's that time of year again when sore throats make life a little less pleasant. I suffer from a condition that causes dry mouth. This means I have a sore throat quite a bit. Pine Bros. throat relief drops have always been a favorite of mine. I get excited every time I find out about a new flavor release. What I've always liked most about Pine Bros. Throat Drops is the way they coat my throat and help soothe it. Pine Bros. Throat Drops have always helped with my dry mouth. Having them to suck on, helps stimulate my saliva flow so it's not uncommon for me to carry around a pack in my purse. I like them better than other throat drops because the don't contain menthol. I don't like the hot taste of menthol which feels irritating.

The new orange flavor contains vitamin C. I'm excited to get  portion of my daily vitamin C through the drops instead of having one more pill to swallow. I like the orange flavor. It's not too strong and has that nice citrus taste. My son got a hold of one of my bags while he was sick and finished off the entire thing. He liked the orange flavor a lot and told me he wanted me to get them for him the next time he had a cold. He made it clear that they were better than what I got for him the last time.
Pine Bros. has introduced me to a sugar free option in the wild cherry flavor. I'm always looking for sugar free option and hope they add it to their other flavors. While I like the wild cherry flavor, it's not my favorite. Of course, this comes from someone who loves the taste of black licorice and prefers that flavor to all others. Still, with the sugar free option, I'm more likely to choose the sugar free wild cherry over some of the others.

The last time I had a cold and went to my local Rite Aid to get throat drops, I was thrilled to find Pine Bros. I had looked for them at other places I shop and had never seen them. I also checked their website and am happy to see Walmart carries them as well. The only complaint I have is that my local retailers don't carry every flavor of the Pine Bros.

Looking to purchase Pine Bros. new flavors?

The Sugar Free Cherry can be found at the following retailers:
Harris Teeter, Harmon and ShopRite.

The Vitamin C Orange can be found at Kinney Drug.

For those like me who don't have any of these retailers in their area, visit to purchase online.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Get Ready for Cold Weather with C2 Apparel: Product Review

FTC Disclosure: I received the Women's Elite Half Zip and Performance Tights for free from C2 for consideration of a gear review via Deep Creek PR. My honest opinions based upon actual experience.

One of the things I love about living in Northern Utah is the chance to experience all four seasons. This means I need a variety of workout clothing to adapt to the weather and the different outdoor sports I love. It won't be long before the snow starts falling and the ski resorts open. I'm ready for skiing and snowshoeing on the greatest snow on earth. C2 Apparel definitely makes it easy for me to stay warm during the fall and winter months.

I received the Elite Half Zip Top and the Performace Tights in size medium. They both fit perfect and are true to size. 

The Elite Half Zip is made from Polartec power wool and is lightweight. It has amazing wicking benefits and keeps me dry on hikes and runs. The breathability is what I like most and has replaced my other long sleeve running shirts as my favorite. The caribbean blue color with the black stitching gives it a nice touch and looks great with the tights. I'm not embarrassed to run my errands after working out with the pairing. I also like that it is long and doesn't creep up even when wearing my hiking pack.

The Performance Tights are also made with Polartec Technology which wicks away moisture. The tights are soft and warm. They are lined with a soft material which makes them warmer than regular running tights. In fact, during the fall days I tried them, they were too warm. I plan on using them when the downhill ski season starts as a base layer under my ski pants and expect that I will stay plenty warm in them. I will also be using them snowshoeing and winter hiking. They are perfect pants for warm weather activities. They move well with me.

The biggest reason I wouldn't mind paying a little more for the C2 Apparel is that it is Made in the U.S.A. in Massachusetts. I love finding products made in the USA and it's rare to find outdoor apparel still made in my home country. The clothes are well made with an attention to detail. I'm impressed that the company has made it their mission to get their customers outside. Thanks for making it easier for me to enjoy the cooler weather.

While I try to point out to my readers what I don't like about a product or something I think could be improved on, there really is nothing about the C2 products I don't like. Even though the pants are too warm for me for valley runs, they are perfect for the times in spend in the mountains on trail runs or winter sports. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Yay! Time for a Giveaway: 4 Leather Wrap Bracelets

Leather wrap bracelets seem to have outdoor enthusiast written all over them. That is why we sell them on our blog. We also carry sterling silver jewelry for those who want to take it up a notch. My favorite is our Take A Hike Necklace. It's how I feel most days.

Check out our products page to see our jewelry for the outdoor enthusiast. 

We want our readers to have a chance to win one each of our leather wrap bracelets so we're giving away all four styles to two lucky readers. Check out the four bracelets and enter for your chance to win all four. Want to order gifts for the holidays? All orders over $12.00 placed between now and Dec. 20, 2016 will receive the Tree of Life (bottom left corner) free with their order. All orders must be placed through Paypal.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Dr. Mercola Comlete Probiotics Review

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

I already use probiotics and reap the benefits. However, during the last six months I've developed issues with swallowing because of health issues. Pill are hard to swallow and I've been looking for alternatives. The Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics Powder Packets solve the biggest problem I have with probiotics. 

The probiotic powder packs from Dr. Mercola mix well with water. They dissolve quickly and I like the raspberry flavor. But that's not all. After using them for a week, I like how they keep me regular and help with some of the abdominal pain I get from some of the foods I eat. 

For those who have never taken probiotics and wonder what they do, the theory behind them is that they contain bacteria, viruses and yeast known as "gut flora" and are supposed to restore a natural balance of that flora to the gastrointestinal system. In practice, those claims have never been evaluated by the FDA so my experience with Dr. Mercola's Probiotics may or may not be the same experience others will have. When I review supplements, I want to make it clear that my statements are not evaluated by the FDA and should not be interpreted as a health claim. Rather, I just like to share what works for me. That being said, Dr. Mercola's packets contain ten strains of bacteria including the super strain of lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1. They also contain 70 million CFU's.

I have a moderate case of lactose intolerance which means I can't eat a lot of yogurt or other dairy foods. I've found that a probiotic supplement helps keep my digestive system working without the pain I get when I eat dairy. I love that I can now drink my probiotics. I don't have to worry about that feeling of having them stuck in my chest because of swallowing issues.

Dr. Mercola also makes a complete probiotic for kids. I could never get my children to swallow pills when they were younger so I would never have given them a probiotic. I love having the option of the powder packets with a flavor a lot of children would like.

I love that I can take the packets with me when I travel and that they don't have to be refrigerated.The only drawback for me on the Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics would be the $41.97 price for 30 packets which is more than I pay for a bottle of 30 pills. Still, I want these packets around for the times when my mouth is too dry to swallow a pill. I like that I get added liquid to my diet when I mix the packet up and drink it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Nite Ize Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp Review

FTC Disclosure: Product received at no charge to facilitate an honest review.

Every member of my family has a head lamp and we all use them for different activities. My husband uses his for early morning running, my son for camping and I use a headlamp for both hiking and camping. We've tried a lot of different brands between the three of us so we have a good base line in what to expect from a headlamp.

Both my husband and I are especially impressed with the Nite Ize Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp. With 250 lumens, it is brighter than almost all of the headlamps we've used in the same price range. I can go from almost pitch black to being able to see the green on the leaves with the brightest setting. The Nite Ize headlamp easily lights my path. This is especially important when I get caught on a trail a little later than I anticipated.

One of my favorite features on the Nite Ize headlamp is the low red light. It never fails that when I'm camping with my family, I always shine my headlamp into somebody's eyes. With the red light, it doesn't matter of I aim it in their direction. I can also get up in the middle of the night for a bathroom break without disturbing everyone around me.

The light is really versatile as it has three options, a spot option, a floodlight option and the low red light I already mentioned. The button is easy to use even while on my head.

The strap is comfortable and easy to adjust. I can get it tight enough so it doesn't flop around on my head if I want to run. The rechargeable battery lasts a good amount of time. 

The only drawback with this headlamp is that it I wouldn't trust it with a multi backpacking trip unless I had a portable battery charger with me. However, Nite Ize does have a headlamp with both a chargeable battery and the option of using external batteries. I will be reviewing that headlamp too and I'm excited to compare the two.

Overall, the Nite Ize Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp is one I would have no problem recommending to my readers.